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Week 14 Waiver Adds

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Congrats! If you’re reading this it means you’ve made your league’s fantasy football playoffs. As always with my waiver article, we’ll start with some quick-hit news and notes and then dive into the waiver adds. Since this is the first week of the playoffs, I’m going to rank players who have better rest of season schedules higher where appropriate. Let’s get into the Week 14 Waiver Adds.

NEWS/NOTES

  • First of all, somehow the Dolphins, Redskins, and Bengals all won on Sunday. Wut?
  • Jags quarterback Nick Foles was benched after a horrific first half against Tampa Bay. Mustache Mania has resumed with Gardner Minshew taking over.
  • Darrel Williams left the Chiefs’ game with a hamstring injury and was unable to return.
  • Baker Mayfield briefly went to the locker room for X-Rays on his hand, which came back negative. He missed just a few plays and was able to return, only to be beaten by the Steelers’ third-string quarterback.
  • Panthers’ tight end Greg Olsen suffered a concussion and left the game.
  • Two lower-level injuries: Colts’ receiver Chester Rodgers and Dolphins’ back Kalen Ballage.

*Quick waiver note: I’m only listing players owned in less than 60% of Yahoo! leagues.

Quarterbacks

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick at NYJ (10%)
  2. Philip Rivers at JAX (58%)
  3. Sam Darnold vs MIA (57%)
  4. Gardner Minshew vs LAC (8%)
  5. Ryan Tannehill at OAK (39%)
  6. Andy Dalton at CLE (8%)
  7. Daniel Jones at PHI (26%)
  8. Jacoby Brissett at TB (38%)
  9. Kyle Allen at ATL (19%)
  10. Devlin Hodges at ARI (2%)

That’s right. I have Ryan “DGAF” Fitzpatrick atop my Week 14 waiver rankings heading into the fantasy playoffs. Fitz is averaging 17.8 fantasy points per game (per FFToday scoring) on the year and has at least 29 points in back to back games. Coming up for him and the ‘Fins: at NYJ, at NYG, home with CIN. Seems pretty favorable to me. If Gardner Minshew can hold onto the starting job for the rest of the year, the Jags face Oakland and Arizona after the Chargers in Week 14. In case you forgot about Minshew Mania, he failed to post at least 18 fantasy points in just one of his starts earlier this season. Ryan Tannehill has become a legit starting option since taking over for Marcus Mariota. Since Week 7, he’s posted at least 20 fantasy points in all but one game. His rushing yards have provided a nice boost as well, as Tanny has over 35 rush yards in three of his last four. Daniel Jones would be way more intriguing if he could live up to his “Dimes” nickname, as the Giants have Philly, Miami, and Washington as their next three opponents.

 

Running Backs

  1. Alexander Mattison vs DET (31%)
  2. Derrius Guice at GB (51%)
  3. Adrian Peterson at GB (39%)
  4. Benny Snell at ARI (34%)
  5. Gus Edwards at BUF (13%)
  6. Darwin Thompson at NE (5%)
  7. Raheem Mostert at NO (14%)
  8. Tony Pollard at CHI (13%)
  9. Nyheim Hines at TB (29%)
  10. Peyton Barber vs IND (21%)
  11. Bo Scarbrough at MIN (43%)
  12. Patrick Laird at NYJ (1%)
  13. Myles Gaskin at NYJ (0%)

Another ugly waiver week for running backs. Somehow Derrius Guice dropped in ownership from last week (56%) and should be your top add if he’s available. Adrian Peterson will continue to get his touches, but Guice showed us what we’ve been excited about through his last two injury-shortened seasons. After Dalvin Cook had the fantasy community’s heart temporarily break, Alexander Mattison proved what Kevin and I have been jamming down your throats for the last couple weeks: you should be stashing handcuffs at this point of the season. Cook’s shoulder injury isn’t believed to be serious or long-term, but I’m still putting Mattison at the top here. The rookie totaled 73 yards on 8 touches after Cook was unable to return. We saw Benny Snell completely take over the Steelers’ backfield last week, but in Week 13 Jaylen Samuels was more involved with 9 touches. Once James Conner returns, both backs will be relegated to handcuff status. Speaking of muddied backfields, Raheem Mostert rendered Tevin Coleman useless against the Ravens, but the return of Matt Breida looms. Darwin Thompson is an interesting stash, as both of the Williams are nursing injuries and the only healthy back left for the Chiefs is LeSean McCoy.

 

Wide Receivers

  1. Robby Anderson vs MIA (58%)
  2. Darius Slayton at PHI (27%)
  3. Chris Conley vs LAC (24%)
  4. Allen Lazard vs WAS (5%)
  5. Cole Beasley vs BAL (32%)
  6. A.J. Brown at OAK (25%)
  7. James Washington at ARI (23%)
  8. Anthony Miller vs DAL (14%)
  9. Zach Pascal at TB (17%)
  10. Russell Gage vs CAR (11%)
  11. Demaryius Thomas vs MIA (7%)

The options for wide receivers are definitely more appealing as the running back-tight end sandwich they’re stuck between for Week 14. Depending on what you’re looking for (ceiling vs floor), you can find something to tickle your fancy for your fantasy squad. The top-four options provide some boom-or-bust potential and each is intriguing for their own reasons. Darius Slayton and Chris Conley have solid fantasy playoff schedules ahead of them as noted above, while Allen Lazard seems to have taken over number two duties in an Aaron Rodgers led offense. In the past two weeks with Duck Hodges, James Washington has posted lines of 3-98-1 and 4-111-1. While the return of JuJu Smith-Schuster would certainly limit him, the Steelers do have solid week 14 and 16 matchups with Arizona and NYJ, respectively. Buffalo is sandwiched between the two, but if JJSS returns, he would draw Tre’Davious White which would open things up for Washington. Cole Beasley may not be the sexiest option, but he has recorded 4 catches for 75 yards or more in three of his last four games. With nothing to speak of outside of John Brown, Beasley could be a solid floor play the rest of the year.

 

Tight Ends

  1. Jack Doyle at TB (58%)
  2. Ryan Griffin vs MIA (55%)
  3. Mike Gesicki at NYJ (19%)
  4. Noah Fant at HOU (34%)
  5. David Njoku vs CIN (29%)
  6. Jacob Hollister at LAR (57%)
  7. Gerald Everett/Tyler Higbee vs SEA (both sub 45%)
  8. Ian Thomas at ATL (0%)
  9. Kaden Smith at PHI (1%)

In the RB/WR/TE sandwich above, this would be like taking a bite only to find gross, moldy bottom bread. Jack Doyle and Ryan Griffin barely made the sub-60% threshold and are likely not available in your leagues, but considering the grossness, had to be included. If Freddie Kitchens ever decides to activate David Njoku, he has a nice schedule with Cincy, Arizona, and Baltimore ahead of him. It seemed like Drew Lock was going to breathe some life into the Broncos offense, and then the second half happened. Noah Fant is an athletic freak who is unfortunately touchdown dependent.

 

There you have it, the Week 14 Waiver Adds is in the books. As we near the end of the fantasy season, please be sure to join our free Slack community as we’re going to be hitting you guys with content throughout the offseason (dynasty, anyone?!). Keep an eye out for the TFA Podcast dropping in the next day or so, as well as the DegeNation pod, especially if you’re out of the playoffs. DFS is an awesome way to stay engaged and put the pain of missing the playoffs in the rearview.

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